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    Ambrose hopes World Cup will bring back Chibok girls

Ambrose hopes World Cup will bring back Chibok girls

Super Eagles defender, Efe Ambrose, hopes Nigeria’s World Cup campaign will lead to the return of nearly 276 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by terrorists.The 25-year-old, who joined Celtic from Israeli side Ashdod in 2012, believes the African nation’s passion for football can help bring peace and stability to his homeland.The world was shocked when Boko Haram abducted the girls from [...]

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    Omeruo hoping to grab Chelsea shirt next year

Omeruo hoping to grab Chelsea shirt next year

Super Eagles of Nigeria defender, Kenneth Omeruo, is setting his sight on a regular first-team spot with Chelsea next season, once the World Cup is over.The 20-year-old Nigeria international recently signed a new deal to remain at Stamford Bridge after impressing during a loan spell at Middlesbrough.Omeruo has gained significant experience at international level, winning 16 caps with the Super [...]

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    COUNTDOWN 12: How will Mitroglou answer Greece’s call to duty?

COUNTDOWN 12: How will Mitroglou answer Greece’s call to duty?

It’s been a decade since Greece stunned the giants of Europe to claim the Euro 2004 crown with legendary Otto Rehhagel at the helm. The Greeks are still to ever come close, but in steps Kostantinos ‘Kostas’ Mitroglou.The former Olympiakos striker had enjoyed a wonderful 2013/14 season until his move to now-relegated Fulham in England. This season with Olympiakos, he [...]

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    COUNTDOWN 13: New-look England look to Rooney for inspiration

COUNTDOWN 13: New-look England look to Rooney for inspiration

The media circus should please gather around as we announce the arrival of, erm, Wayne Rooney and England on the world stage! British reporters have been waiting to shout this statement, well the latter part, to the rest of the world.There will be no SAS (Sturridge and Suarez) nor SSS (Sturridge, Stirling and Suarez), no. What England will make do [...]

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Dosu: Expect a better Eagles after Team USA friendly

Former U-23 goalkeeper, Dosu Joseph has said the Super Eagles would put up a better performance against U.S. compared to their 2-2 draw with Scotland on Wednesday.Joseph said the friendly against Scotland was not 100 per cent but the team should be assessed after the two remaining pre-World Cup games against Greece and Team USA.“By the time we play U.S., [...]

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    COUNTDOWN 14: Costa Rica rest faint hopes on Ruiz and Campbell

COUNTDOWN 14: Costa Rica rest faint hopes on Ruiz and Campbell

It is hard enough imagining your country in the World Cup’s ‘Group of Death’ and it is heartbreaking to know your country is actually in it. That is the feeling among Costa Rican fans ahead of Brazil 2014.However, if the Central American country will achieve a sweet escape, they will need Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell at their very best.A [...]

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    COUNTDOWN 15: Enigmatic Suarez to lead Uruguay’s assault in familiar territory

COUNTDOWN 15: Enigmatic Suarez to lead Uruguay’s assault in familiar territory

Mercurial Suarez or Cannibal Suarez? Love him or hate him, he delivers on all fronts.Be it catching a shot like a goalkeeper, falling like a pack of cards without being touched, instigating racial abuses, biting off an opponent’s hand, scoring unbelievable goals or tapping them in with ease, this enigmatic Uruguayan will turn heads in Brazil.Luis Suarez’s bad-boy status precedes [...]

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    COUNTDOWN 16: Ageing Pirlo seeking repeat of Germany 2006 feat

COUNTDOWN 16: Ageing Pirlo seeking repeat of Germany 2006 feat

Going into major international competitions, the mantle of leadership and inspiration of any Italian national team are handed to veterans. Therefore, it is no news that the focus is once again on veteran midfielder, Andrea Pirlo, to deliver the goods in Brazil.Do not get me wrong, the Azzurris are filled with some exciting players: they have the enigmatic duo of [...]

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    Brazil 2014: Super Eagles head for Philadelphia

Brazil 2014: Super Eagles head for Philadelphia

The Super Eagles will depart their Hilton Cobham hotel in Surrey, UK, for Philadelphia, US, on Thursday for the second phase of their World Cup preparations.The team played a 2-2 draw with Gordon Strachan’s Scotland at Fulham’s Craven Cottage on Wednesday.Coach Stephen Keshi had sent out an experimental side that seemed overawed by the occasion at the start but as [...]

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    COUNTDOWN 17: Benzema and Ribery eye top spot for Les Blues

COUNTDOWN 17: Benzema and Ribery eye top spot for Les Blues

Two stars who would be looking to lead France back to the top of the pile are Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery.Both players have put their sex scandals behind them to enjoy a hugely successful season with their respective club sides. While Ribery has been integral to Bayern’s continued success with four titles this season, Benzema [...]

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    Keshi: We’re footballers — not gamblers

Keshi: We’re footballers — not gamblers

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, has defended his players, following Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Scotland — a game whose pre-match proceedings was dominated by match-fixing investigations.Keshi, who has won the Africa Cup of Nations as captain and coach, said his team was not affected by the off-field issues before the kick-off.“We did because it’s something ridiculous, something that we don’t [...]

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    Eagles fight back to snatch late equaliser against Scotland

Eagles fight back to snatch late equaliser against Scotland

A last-gasp equaliser by substitute Uche Nwofor rescued a draw for Nigeria in their World Cup warm-up match against Scotland at Fulham’s Craven Cottage. The match ended 2-2.Charlie Mulgrew’s audacious flick and an own goal from Azubuike Egwuekwe had given Scotland a 2-1 lead over the Super Eagles, but Nwofor pounced after a mix-up in the Scotland defence and poked [...]

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    Omeruo extends Chelsea deal

Omeruo extends Chelsea deal

Chelsea have sealed the long-term future of Super Eagles defender, Kenneth Omeruo, after agreeing a three-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2018.The 20-year-old defender, who is part of the Nigeria World Cup squad preparing for the team’s pre-World Cup friendly with Scotland, is excited about the deal.“I'm thrilled to sign a new contract with Chelsea, and I'm [...]

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    Ambrose: Scotland will provide tough test

Ambrose: Scotland will provide tough test

Super Eagles defender, Efe Ambrose, is expecting a stiff test from Scotland when the teams go head-to-head in a friendly encounter at Craven Cottage on Wednesday in London.The Celtic player will be facing his club captain, Scott Brown, and his other Hoops colleagues in the Scotland squad, but he says it won’t distract him from the task of helping the [...]

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    Babayaro backs Odemwingie to shine in Brazil

Babayaro backs Odemwingie to shine in Brazil

Atlanta ’96 Olympic soccer gold medalist, Emmanuel Babayaro, reckons the performance of Stoke City, forward Osaze Odemwingie, will be crucial to the Super Eagles in their Group F World Cup games against Argentina, Iran and Bosnia.The former Nigerian goalkeeper is confident Odemwingie will prove himself a worthy World Cup starter during Nigeria's warm-up games, which begin Wednesday against Scotland at Fulham's [...]

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    Ambrose to face clubmate at Craven Cottage

Ambrose to face clubmate at Craven Cottage

Celtic skipper, Scott Brown, and his World Cup bound teammate, Efe Ambrose, will go head-to-head when Scotland take on Nigeria in London on Wednesday at Fulham’s ground, Craven Cottage.Brown is relishing the chance to be involved for Gordon Strachan’s in-form side and he feels how they fare against a World Cup participant will be a good indicator as to how [...]

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